It seems that on a Ubuntu 14.04 machine the user
mysql cannot access anything. It is not writing logs nor reading files. Witness:
- bruno():mysql$ cat /etc/passwd | grep mysql mysql:x:116:127:MySQL Server,,,:/nonexistent:/bin/false - bruno():mysql$ sudo mysql_install_db Installing MySQL system tables... 140818 18:16:50 [ERROR] Can't read from messagefile '/usr/share/mysql/english/errmsg.sys' 140818 18:16:50 [ERROR] Aborting 140818 18:16:50 [Note] Installation of system tables failed! Examine the logs in /var/lib/mysql for more information. ...boilerplate trimmed... - bruno():mysql$ ls -la /usr/share/mysql/english/errmsg.sys -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 59535 Jul 29 13:40 /usr/share/mysql/english/errmsg.sys - bruno():mysql$ wc -l /usr/share/mysql/english/errmsg.sys 16 /usr/share/mysql/english/errmsg.sys
Here we have seen that
mysql cannot read
/usr/share/mysql/english/errmsg.sys even though the permissions are open to read it, and in fact the regular login user can read the file (with
wc). Additionally, MySQL is not writing any logs:
- bruno():mysql$ ls -la /var/log/mysql total 8 drwxr-s--- 2 mysql adm 4096 Aug 18 16:10 . drwxrwxr-x 18 root syslog 4096 Aug 18 16:10 ..
What might cause this user to not be able to access anything? What can I do about it?